Apple Could Replace The iPad mini With A Foldable Device
Apple is yet to enter the foldable smartphone market which makes it the last major phone maker to do so. It will surely one day offer a foldable iPhone as an option, but it isn’t going to happen any time soon.
However, Apple continues to be rumored to be working on a foldable device of some sort and a new report suggests that it could launch in 2026 and replace Apple’s smallest iPad.
That report comes via The Elec which suggests that a launch timeframe could arrive in either 2026 or 2027, with the suggestion being that it will be a 7- to 8-inch device that would potentially replace the 8.3-inch iPad mini.
However, as MacRumors notes, Apple is working on an OLED iPad mini at this moment so it isn’t clear what this foldable device will be nor whether it will be offered alongside an updated iPad mini tablet.
Both Samsung Display and LG Display are said to be companies offering samples for Apple, with the former thought to be the one that is most likely to be the primary supplier for any foldable device.
The report also claims that Apple is working on a larger 20.5-inch foldable device that has been rumored for months, and that’s a device that also has a tentative release window for 2026 or 2027. With that in mind, it’s possible Apple could launch both devices at the same time as a two-size strategy.